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Monday, November 16, 2009

Two books

I just bought myself a netbook.  For the past 3 years the company notebook, and the 3 or 4 computers in my house have been sufficient, but now I need a "real" computer of my own, that can also travel when I do, and doesn't need to be wrestled from my wife. 

The primary reason is that I'm now seriously considering writing "The" book, and it needs to be done on my own equipment.  "The" book, will of course be "The CDA" book, but looking over my outline, there's no way I can produce "The CDA" book that I want, so it will have to start off by being "The LITTLE CDA Book" that contains most of what you need to know.  So, it won't go into detail on the interworkings of the IHE PCC Technical Framework, the ANSI/HITSP Specifications, or the CCD.  I won't spend a lot of time on CDA history (which I find fun, but most of you may not), but it hopefully will get you up to speed enough on CDA.

I haven't figured out all of the details about it yet.  I'm not sure about how to approach the content, but have one or two working outlines.  I haven't lined up a publisher.  I don't even know where I'll find the time to do it (probably between the hours of crazy o'clock and insane thirty, with ocassional stretches to o'dark hundred).  But I've been convinced for quite some time that it is needed, and was recently arm-twisted into thinking that I could do it at the last working group meeting.

Why am I telling you this?  I'm setting myself up to succeed by telling you that I'm going to do it.  I'm also looking for your input.  What's needed in the "little CDA book"?  The big one? 

Post your feedback here, or e-mail me (see my e-mail address on the HL7 Structured Documents page).